The Queen was pictured working from her red boxes in an image released on the day she passed the historic milestone of 70 years on the throne.
The smiling 95-year-old monarch is pictured with her state papers on a table in front of her and poignantly nearby is a picture of her father, King George VI.
Seventy years ago, on February 6, the king died and his daughter, aged just 25, became queen of a nation still recovering from the upheavals of World War II.
In a message released on her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen said: “It is a day which, even after 70 years, I still remember as much from the death of my father, King George VI, as from the beginning of my reign.
“As we celebrate this anniversary, it is my pleasure to renew to you the promise I made in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.”
The new photograph shows the Queen working from papers delivered to her in the famous red box – which can be seen in the image.
Every day, wherever she is, the Queen receives from government ministers and their representatives in the Commonwealth and in foreign countries, policy papers, cabinet papers, telegrams from the Foreign Office, a daily summary of events in Parliament, letters and other state documents.
These are sent to him in the red boxes also used by government ministers to carry confidential documents.
All documents must be read and, where applicable, approved and signed.
The photo was taken on Wednesday during the Queen’s stay at her Sandringham estate where in recent years she has traditionally spent Accession Day.
Australian Associated Press